Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Lucy Andersen, OCN, RN

Pre-Doctoral Student, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Lucy Andersen, OCN, RN, is an Innovation Fellow at the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation (PC3I) and a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Her research interests include the impact of an oncology diagnosis on patients’ quality of life with a focus on health care disparities. She is passionate about using nursing care to improve patient outcomes after Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR-T cell) therapy and other new immunotherapy treatments. She worked as a hematology-oncology and bone marrow transplantnurse at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital prior to beginning the doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her experiences working with patients with hematological malignancies in the diverse area of Washington, D.C. has guided her focus on the impact of social determinants of health on people with cancer. She continues to work clinically as an oncology nurse at the Pennsylvania Hospital.

Her recent work includes a systematic review of coping skill interventions to reduce symptoms among adult patients with hematologic malignancies, and a qualitative study focused on adults who received CAR T-cell therapy and their symptom experience. Ms. Andersen is also pursuing a Masters of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University.

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